Public hospitals in Hong Kong have seen people coming for treatment of injuries following clashes between police and pro-democracy activists in the city’s Mong Kok district over the weekend.
Between 10 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, a total of 24 injured people came calling on public hospitals, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing data from the Hospital Authority.
Au Yiu-kai, a member of a medical team that was aiding Occupy protesters, said 13 people were injured during clashes in Mong Kok Saturday night. Of those people, three were sent to hospitals after on-site medical volunteers provided initial care.
If a police baton lands on a person’s head, it may result in skull fracture or even cause serious permanent damage, Au warned.
However, “I don’t think the protestors should update their defense equipment, as non-violence is the best weapon,” he said.
Injury cases were reported by several institutions and colleges in recent days. Major schools and colleges have called on students to leave the protest sites, and also urged all parties to exercise restraint.
Ming Pao interviewed several injured citizens in Kwong Wah Hospital, a large public hospital in Mong Kok, early Sunday.
One said he fell down as he was preparing to leave the protest site. When he stood up, he was hit on the head, he alleged. Another protestor was quoted as saying that he was trying to raise a fallen person when he was hit by the police.
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